According to an April 28 report from USA Today, UFC champ Jon Jones had no idea until after UFC 159 was in the books, that his big toe was nearly ripped off during his headlining tilt against Chael Sonnen.
Jones, a 25-year-old 205-pounder, said the toe break didn’t even hurt when it happened.
“It didn’t hurt at all,” Jones said of the horrific toe injury, just moments after UFC 159. “After the fight, I looked down and saw blood. I looked closer at the blood and saw my toe was pretty much upside down.”
UFC President Dana White saw it another way, as he explained that Jones’ bone was sticking out of the toe.
“They would have stopped the fight [at the end of round 1],” UFC President Dana White said during the post-fight press conference regarding Jones’ injury, via Ben Blackmore of ESPN. “That’s a fact.”
Following UFC 159, Jones said he didn’t immediately know when the toe break occurred.
“I don’t know, but when my adrenaline calms down, I’m going to be in some pain tonight,” Jones said. “I was just so happy to get past Chael Sonnen. Chael Sonnen’s an awesome opponent. We went through a lot of drama that motivated me a lot.”
Will Jones ever be the same fighter following his gruesome toe break? The jury is still out.
The big toe must have good mobility for any activity that requires forceful push-off with the foot, which is just about everything when it comes to MMA fighting.
Much of Jones’ effectiveness comes from his crafty footwork and elite work in the clinch when pressed up against the cage. Both of those skills are in serious jeopardy now that Jones ravaged his big toe.
Jones is now on crutches, with no weight on the foot for at least a few weeks.
Jones’ big toe will be completely immobilized, to prevent movement and to allow for healing.
“My toe is not doing great, but I’m doing great, so my toe is doing great,” Jones said after defeating Chael Sonnen in the UFC 159 headliner. “It was somewhere near late in the round and I was springing forward and a felt a ‘pop.’ I thought my foot had got caught in a hole — I’ve had that happen at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, we have a hole in our canvas. I stubbed my big toe in it, and I was fine, but I told coach that we need to get it fixed because it’s pretty dangerous. I thought that was the scenario here tonight, but when the fight was over and I saw blood, then I look closer and saw that my toe was upside-down.”
Once Jones is ready to return, he might receive the opportunity to fight the greatest MMA warrior of all-time, Anderson Silva.
The legendary Brazilian has a fight lined up against Chris Weidman, but a win there could set up the biggest UFC superfight of all-time.